Lesson Plan: Golden Gods of Greece and Hometown Heroes G 6,7,8

Written By: Kathryn Strand
Grade Level: Grades 6,7 and 8

Time Allotment

Approximately 4 days (can be adjusted for more or fewer days)


Students will talk about what a hero is. Students will be exposed to a few hero stories from Greek mythology. Students will look at heroes on Greek/Roman vases. Students will compare Greek heroes to a personal/local hero. Students will create a myth story about their own hero. Students will illustrate a scene from their myth on a Greek vase.

Lesson Plan - Golden_Gods_of_Greece_and_Hometown_Heroes.doc

Subject Matter

Greek Mythology (Could be used in a Latin class, Language Arts class, Foreign Language Survey class, Humanities class, World Cultures class)

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
  • discuss what a hero is.
  • discuss the role/purpose of Greek mythology.
  • compare modern day heroes with Greek mythological heroes.
  • write a modern myth about a hero of their choice.
  • illustrate a scene from their own modern myth on a Greek vase using knowledge of Greek pottery.
  • Media Components - Video/Web

    1. Clip of Hercules saving the city of Thebes from the Disney movie Hercules and clip of the song “Zero to Hero”
    2. Clip of Dennis Walaker and the Fargo flood fight
    3. Video clip of Athena (5 min.) relating to her being the protectress of the city of Athens
    4. Lyrics and song about Mary Gibbs protecting Itasca State Park
    5. Greek Vase information


  • Video clips
  • Internet sites
  • Epson projector to display media
  • Vase Outline
  • Markers/crayons/paints (other materials of free choice) for vase design
  • Possibly computers for typing myth stories
  • Introductory Activities

    1. Brainstorm with students about what a “hero” is. Facilitate class discussion on the topic. Students will most likely be able to come up with many ideas. Teacher should have some ideas ready in case students need prodding.
    2. Students should brainstorm about what they know about Greek/Roman mythology.
    3. Teachers could use a few short video clips of heroes as an anticipatory set also.

    (This unit works well if students have some prior knowledge of mythology- either from one’s own class or other classes.)

    Learning Activities

    1. Students watch Hercules clips. Brief discussion on what they know about Hercules.
    2. Students watch clips about Denis Walaker (Mayor of Fargo) and this integral role in the Fargo flood fights. Brief discussion about clips.
    3. Students are asked to make a list of comparisons or connections they could make between Hercules and Mayor Walaker.
    4. Students watch video clip on the goddess Athena (protectress of the city of Athens).
    5. Teacher could also read short myth story about Athena to the students.
    6. Teacher should have students listen the song about Mary Gibbs saving Itasca State Park. Students could give some brief background info about Mary Gibbs from the website.
    7. Students should list comparisons and connections they could make between Athena and Mary Gibbs.

    N.B. These activities set the stage for students to have a better understanding of heroes and mythology.

    Culminating Activity

    1. Students will discuss/brainstorm about their own heroes/local heroes/family members etc.
    2. Students will write a short modern myth about their own hero. (This activity can be adjusted depending on the class. If students have a background of mythology, the teacher could have them incorporate a Greek or Roman deity into their modern myth as well as a local hero to check for understanding. )
    3. Teachers can use discretion about the requirements for a myth. (Do they want to focus on a specific part of the “6 Traits of Writing”? They can give the myth a certain length requirement if it makes sense for the class. (Teachers can adjust the rubric to fit their own needs.)

    Cross-Curricular Activity

    1. Students will incorporate art in this project.
    2. Students will watch a few short videos with background information on Greek vases/pottery.
    3. Students will discuss the use of pottery with mythology in the ancient world.
    4. Students will brainstorm modern connections or things we do in the modern world to glorify our heroes.
    5. Students will illustrate a scene from their own modern myth on a Greek vase.

    Community Connections

    1. The lesson is set up to initially focus on local heroes (i.e. Mayor Dennis Walaker and Mary Gibbs).
    2. Teachers could adjust and use other local heroes for comparison.
    3. Students are allowed to focus on their own local heroes or even family members for the project.

  • Drawing/painting utensils
  • Paper and pencil or computer for word processing

  • Note: Many activities in this lesson can easily be adjusted to fit an individual teacher’s needs. Teachers can use other myths and other heroes. Teachers could even focus on mythology from cultures other than Greece and Rome. The culminating writing and art activity could be adjusted as well. Another idea is to have students illustrate their own myth by creating a constellation instead of a vase. This could bring in an element or science as well as art.